Reminders that helped me in Chapter 5- Whole-Class Instruction:
Be explicit- make sure students and teachers are clear at the outset of their roles during minilessons, about the different types of minilessons, how to use minilessons (as an aside, Stacey’s book has really helped me “mine” texts to use).
in Chapter 6- Independent Writing Time:
5-10 minutes at the start being a silent time (for the teacher and the students (teacher kidwatches and makes notes, students work independently). This would be a great habit for me!
In Chapter 7- Conferring:
I loved the cheat sheet on p. 98 as a way to have some ready questions to get teachers started. Sticky note conferences are also new to me (and I can definitely see their use). I realize I can do more to teach into peer conferring, again have to be more explicit in roles, always struggle with “best” documentation forms, and now have some more ideas for toolkits.
This book is proving to be a great one to help me get my head around some of the bigger ideas in workshop that I want to share with colleagues in August.